Friday, June 17, 2016

A Bit of This and That

It's one of those days, a whole lotta stuff running through this brain of mind, thus the reason of this title.  
Hubby and I had the privilege of attending our son's deacon ordination service this past Sunday evening.  There are few things that touch my heart more than seeing my children serve the Lord. Brandon has been a member of this church for about 12 years.  It is a growing church with an awesome pastor and staff and it thrills my soul that he and his family are a part of such a church. When Hubby and I attend church with them we would be considered the "elderly" folks.  No joke, I have never seen so many young families in my life.  What a blessing!
I have been working in Vacation Bible School this week at our church.  I tag teamed with a friend and we have taken turns teaching the Bible lesson.  It is from 5:30 - 8:30 PM .  I probably have not worked in VBS in about 4 years (maybe longer) and while it was a different format then, it is t-totally different now.  And, I wish that I could say that I love the new "way" but I cannot say that. ~not that anyone asked me~  Whatever happened to the days of a calm and orderly beginning and ending ceremonies?  Whatever happened to staying in one classroom and being with the same teachers the entire session? This enabled teachers and class to build relationships.  Well, apparently that is no longer the way it is done.  I'm sorry, I'm just not a fan of organized chaos.  Now, I'm sure that says something about my age but, I'm not a fan of organized chaos outside the church but certainly not inside the church.  I'm afraid that so much of our churches programs today have become more like a "dog and pony show" and I struggle with that big time!  Why do we have to constantly entertain?  I'm sure it is the "new way" to attract folks to church and for them to ultimately come to know the Lord.  Surely that is the premise behind all of it.  For me, things have gone too far out in left field.  Truth be known, I'll die a fan of traditional worship. Yep! that's right and I'm sure that sounds as old fashioned as can be.  I still enjoy dressing in my best on Sundays, and singing the hymns.  My church has a traditional/contemporary blend worship style and I've adjusted to it and it's okay.  We sing some hymns, choruses and contemporary songs and we have two big screens in our ultra traditional sanctuary.  And, I might add, I am not attached to traditional buildings and really find the new design of churches very inviting and comfortable. I do think that a sanctuary such as ours can often appear stuffy and a bit prim and proper.  But, it is one of the most gorgeous church buildings and sanctuaries around.  Okay, I think I've started rambling so I will stop here. I could really go on for days on this subject, wouldn't change a thing.

Our little happy guy was diagnosed with FPIES last week.  You ask, what is FPIES? It is Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. It is a rare food allergy that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Let me just say that it makes our little Coleman deathly ill when it occurs.  His Momma had already diagnosed him through the internet but the Dr. confirmed that her diagnosis was correct.  Most children outgrow it by the age of 3 but it can last longer.  Foods that trigger it are generally cereal grains, soy and dairy products, and chicken, turkey and fish.  Yes, a whole lot of very common foods.  But, the Dr. took a lot of time explaining it to Bridget and they will do their best to prevent him having these reactions by very closely monitoring his food.  Our prayers are that he will outgrow it sooner than later and that he will continue to thrive in spite of it.  
 It is hotter than hot here in NE Louisiana so we are going to do our best to stay cool this Father's Day weekend.  We'll be celebrating here on Sunday late afternoon.  We'll be celebrating my Dad, my husband and our son.  Hope it's a delightful weekend for you!


  1. Good morning! I am glad you were able to attend the ceremony for your son..such a blessing. And then, as far as VBS is concerned I haven't participated in that in around 10 years or so. Our old churches VBS was SOOOOO large literally over a thousand children participated and honestly it was sooo involved as a result I decided to leave it to all the young women, lol. As far as churches go I have noticed the same thing. It does seem to be ALL about "entertaining" these days in a LOT of the churches. I wondered if it was just California, but I see now it is not. What I think has happened as a result is a very watered down version of the truth and the Bible. Some of them have become almost theatrical in their services and programs. Nothing "offensive" is taught or discussed, and certainly nothing that might make one question one's lifestyle or living habits. Very sad really. We are part of the Calvary Chapel's movement and thankfully most of the churches have remained the same. The messages are taught verse by verse straight out of the bible and worship is a mixture of contemporary and old hymns. Dressing for church has always been casual, but certainly modest. My son is VERY young, and yet his church remains as it has always been. But you wouldn't believe the amount of calls that come in EVERY DAY asking, "what does your church have to offer? What programs do you have for young adults? What music programs are there? Do you have trips and special speakers?" People today seem to WANT to be entertained ALL the time even at church. Bringing your Bible is not even necessary, just sit back and let them talk about ONLY love. lol As you see, I too could go on and on about this subject. But I will stop. But it does concern me for my grand children. I am glad your daughter got a diagnose and will be able to monitor his diet now and keep him happy and healthy. Praying he outgrows it soon. Have a nice week-end.

  2. I guess I'm old fashioned too! Things have changed in worship. I love to sing the old hymns. I don't mind and even enjoy many of the new contemporary songs. In our church they do a blend of the two for which I am grateful. As far as children always having to be entertained, I'm with you. As you know, I teach preschool. I try to have an orderly class despite their young age. It takes time and patience but they do learn. They are even learning manners!!!

  3. Lea,

    Congratulations to your son!

    I agree, there was a time that people went to church to hear the truth, and sermons from the Bible. Now, people go to church to hear a motivational speech. Not my cup of tea!

    Prayers for baby Coleman, he's such a cutie,

  4. You've said it better than I could! But, I have to agree with you. I think there is room for old and new, but I lean to the traditional, even though I love some of the new worship groups and music, like Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, etc. But then, I also love the good ole southern gospel music, so I KNOW I am old!! :) I also love a real Bible teaching and preaching sermon, not so much a fan of the newer versions. Ok, I said it all anyway, didn't I?

    Coleman looks like a picture of health, and I hope he outgrows all of it. :)


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